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Leningrad

The suffering and sacrifice of a city under historic siege.

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Red Summer

African-American troops returned from World War I to find a new battle waiting  at home.

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

Surveying the longest uninterrupted monarchy in the world.

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The First Detective

How a former burglar and prison escape artist founded the police force as we know it.

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A World on Fire

A British writer puts the spectacle of the American Civil War on a transatlantic stage.

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The Origins of Political Order

A grand attempt to map the birth and development of modern government.

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The Birth of Classical Europe

The grand old history of names, narratives, and nations returns in the newest volume in the Penguin History of Europe.

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Punching Out

Taking apart an auto plant, after the last workers have been let go.

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The Great Divorce

The true story of one mother's crusade to reclaim her children sheds light on the history of a famous religious sect, and women's struggle for legal rights.

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Dark Harbor

The shadowy allure of New York City's once-vibrant port, and the scandal that inspired On the Waterfront.

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Trials of the Diaspora

A lawyer assembles a remarkably detailed history of English anti-Semitism, from the Middle Ages to the present.

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Parisians

The acclaimed biographer of Balzac and Victor Hugo reveals the secret history of Paris, from Marie Antoinette to Mitterand.

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Operation Mincemeat

The author of Agent Zigzag reveals the true story of Britain's most ingenious WWII espionage ploy.

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Last Call

A scintillating, sweeping, and eye-opening account of the birth, maturity, and afterlife of the 18th Amendment.

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Hellhound on His Trail

The author of Ghost Soldiers tracks the astonishing trail of the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

For all his inspiring toughness, Churchill viewed combat as a species of entertainment.

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Mrs. Adams in Winter

The fascinating chronicle of a First Lady's journey across Europe—as an escaped Napoleon makes a renewed bid for power.

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Daring Young Men

The Berlin Airlift was supposed to be a stopgap measure until a diplomatic stalemate could be resolved. It became a pivotal victory in the Cold War. Read more...

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.